Felony Sex Offender Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh

Have You Been Charged With A Felony Sex Offense in Wake County, NC?


If you have been charged with, or are being investigated for, a felony sexual offense in Raleigh, NC or any of Wake County, you should know your rights. Criminal defense lawyer, John McWilliam can defend a number of different types of sexual offenses, including:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Statutory Rape
  • Forced Rape
  • Indecent Exposure (Flashing)
  • Child Pornography
  • Indecencies With a Minor
  • Prostitution
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Internet Sexual Offenses
  • And More

Being charged with a sexual offense often carries a stigma. Being convicted of those charges not only carries that stigma, but also can lead to harsh sentences from a judge and jury. Hiring an experienced sex offense attorney means that you will have legal representation through the whole process. From pretrial motions and hearings, to the actual court date, and, if neccesary, the appeals process, John McWilliam will attempt to get the best possible outcome for your sexual offense case.

John McWilliam: Felony Sexual Offense Attorney Background

While John McWilliam has defended the accused in a number of cases, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, he has been an ardent defender of accused sex offenders. To this day, McWilliam has lost only one child sex offense case and that was only after two mistrials; it took 36 jurors to finally convict his client. His most remarkable sex offense case has to be a statutory rape charge lodged against a black, male defendant who was accused of having sex with his white girlfriend’s underage white daughter, and the defendant confessed. The jury found this defendant not guilty.

McWilliam’s most memorable sex offense case, however, was another statutory rape charge against a defendant who was truly innocent. Representing the truly innocent is the most stressful thing a criminal defense lawyer can be called upon to do. In this case, the mother of two girls and one boy, whom the defendant had raised as if they were his own children, convinced the children to lie and say that he had had sex with them. She managed these separate lies by telling each of the children, individually, that he had raped the other two. The State’s last witness was the boy.

On cross-examination, McWilliam, having established that the boy had loved the defendant as a father, asked the boy why he no longer loved the defendant; the boy – an alleged victim himself – answered: “because of what he did to my sisters.”  McWilliam asked no more questions. The jury was out less than 25 minutes and came back with verdicts of not guilty to all the charges. McWilliam’s truly innocent client walked free that day after spending 13 months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

What To Do If You Are Charged With a Sexual Offense in Wake County

If you or a family member has been charged with a sexual offense in Raleigh or Wake County, speak to an attorney. The quicker you retain legal counsel, the more prepared your criminal defense attorney can prepare for your case. Let John McWilliam give you a free case evaluation, so at the very least, you’ll be informed of your rights and the opportunities that you have for defense. Contact us online or call us at 919-772-4000 and start preparing today.